Axis Comunications has launched its Zipstream compression technology, developed specifically for video surveillance applications. This new technology reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without the need for end users having to invest in new cameras or software. In addition, Zipstream is fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 compression standard.
In use, Zipstream analyses and optimises the network camera’s video stream in real-time. Scenes containing interesting details are recorded in full image quality and resolution, while other areas are filtered out for optimal use of available bandwidth and storage. This allows important forensic details like faces, tattoos or license plates to be isolated and preserved.
Irrelevant areas such as white walls, lawns and vegetation are sacrificed by ‘smoothing’ in order to achieve the better storage savings.
End user customers can deploy Axis’ Zipstream technology alongside other Axis Communications network camera technologies such as Lightfinder and Wide Dynamic Range – Forensic Capture. Zipstream will also work with third party video management software installations already in place.
Axis Communications is making its Zipstream technology available on the existing network camera models Axis Q1615 and Axis Q1635 and also in the Axis Q35 Series via firmware updates.
New fixed network cameras and fixed dome network cameras due for release this year will also include the new Zipstream technology.
*Zipstream is now available through distributor Norbain